Bechdel Test Fest celebrates positive roles for women in front of and behind the camera this month with three terrific events…
Throughout March, Bechdel Test Fest will partner with Picturehouse cinemas to present acclaimed director Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women as part of their nationwide Discover Tuesday strand. This includes a special Q&A screening with Kelly Reichardt, hosted by Bechdel Test Fest’s Simran Hans on Saturday March 4 at Picturehouse Central at 6pm.
One of America’s foremost filmmakers, Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy, Meek’s Cutoff) directs Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, Lily Gladstone and Laura Dern in this stirring look at four women striving to forge their own paths amidst the wide-open plains of Montana. As their stories intersect in subtle but powerful ways, a portrait of flawed but strong-willed individuals in the process of defining themselves emerges.
9 to 5 & WORKING GIRL DOUBLE BILL
Ahead of International Women’s Day (March 8), Bechdel Test Fest will join forces with The Celluloid Sorceress for 9 to 5 (1980) & Working Girl (1998) at the Phoenix Cinema on Sunday March 5 at 13.15. Between the two feature presentations, hosts Nikki Williams (The Celluloid Sorceress) and Bechdel Test Fest’s Corrina Antrobus and Simran Hans will discuss these classic post-Women’s Liberation comedies, women fighting for respect in the workplace on screen, and the legacy of the ‘80s ‘Career Woman’. Shoulder pads and blue eye shadow encouraged!
Much-loved comedy 9 to 5 follows three office workers (Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin) subjected to the indignity of their chauvinist boss (Dabney Coleman). They entertain wild fantasies of revenge and decide to ‘get even’ through a series of outrageous incidents.
In Working Girl, savvy secretary Tess (Melanie Griffith) can’t quite manage to climb the career ladder; even her new boss Katherine (Sigourney Weaver) steals her ideas and takes the credit. When Katherine breaks her leg skiing, Tess is left in charge of the office and our canny working girl takes over her boss’s portfolio, wardrobe and boyfriend (Harrison Ford) with impressive results – until her vengeful boss returns…
DATE & TIME: Sunday March 5, at 13.15
ADDRESS: Phoenix Cinema, 52 High Road, N2 9PJ London
TICKETS: Adults £12.00 / Concessions £10.00 Click here to buy tickets!
ALL THIS PANIC + Q&A W/ Dir JENNY GAGE & TOM BETTERTON & BTF’s BETH WEBB
Seven teenage girls come of age in New York, emerging from their pubescent ‘panic’ years into aspirational women in this thoughtful and intimate documentary which screened at London Film Festival in 2016. Bechdel Test Fest’s Beth Webb will host a post-screening conversation with New York director Jenny Gage and her cinematographer and producer husband Tom Betterton. Confessions from the audience’s teenage years encouraged!
DATE & TIME: Thu March 16 19:00
ADDRESS: Hackney Picturehouse
TICKETS: Tickets released soon!
All the inof you need including tickets, prices and venues is at the Bechdel Test Fest website: www.BechdelTestFest.com